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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle came from a brew of the month club and is a bit old, but no sediment. Just saw online today that the brewery may be temporarily closed for possible improper hazzardous waste disposal. Anyway - this poured with a nice head that promptly settled down. No lace. Nice golden amber color. Aroma of grain, grass, light malt, mild spice and some hop. Flavor is distictly sweet. Decent body. Short finish. Drinkable beer.

drpimento, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a pack of "Beers of the World" from BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear (think apple juice) with no head at all.
S: A slight acidic/fruit smell.
T&M: Suprised by the tasty flavor. Very light and crisp. Has the a sweet fruit flavor that empowers the brew. Quite suprised by the overall flavor of it.
D: This brew has it going on. Never had a Czech Pilsner before and if this is any indication of the style...then I'll be seeking out more of these.

July2Nov, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden straw with perfect clarity. A fizzy three-finger head slowly gives way to a rocky soap bubble cap that holds fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and some toasty biscuit aromas, background noble hops and a faint fruit scent. The Pilsener malt flavor is sweet at first, with subtle layers of toasted nut and light caramel flavors. This gives way to the more typical sharp pils taste. A very mild Saaz or tettnanger flavor and lacking bitterness are found in the aftertaste-but at least its not skunked. Lighter body with some decoction-esque malty texture and medium light carbonation make a slightly crisp and mellow mouthfeel. Finishes with traces of spicy german hops and a kiss of toasted Pils sweetness. Honestly, I found this to be an enjoyable beer -albiet lackluster example of the style. I bought it for the novelty of being Croastian beer- but I would be disappointed if I were expecting an authentic Czech PIls. On the other hand- its very affordable, highly drinkable, and could easily be passed off as a really great Macro. An ideal choice for introducing craft beer to non-enthusiasts.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.15 oz bottle. Very pale yellow, almost clear. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but very small head that settles quickly.

Very faint hop aroma, smells of straw or fresh grass, much like a pilsner should.

Can taste the hops a little bit more than the smell would indicate, but not much. Feels slightly fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise very smooth. Doesnt leave it particularly dry.

As far as drinkability is concerned, this is up there in score simply because it very easy to drink. I doubt that anyone would be offended by the taste/feel of this beer unless they were expecting something more. A good example of the classic pilsner style. Would definitely not pass up a bottle of this were I offered one.

BigJTrucker, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle -> goblet
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Pours clear straw yellow with a thin head that leaves a little quick flash lace. Carbonation appears timid.

Nose: Light grains, some pale malt

Taste: Light and grainy, with a tad bit of bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouth: Feels a little thin, but finishes clean.

I could probably knock down quite of few of these over a few games of bowling, easy to drink, just not too exciting.

Drink:

beerphan, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle given to me by my buddy's dad poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Piss yellow with a 2 finger, fluffy, snow white head. No retention or lacing. High carbonation bubbles.

S: Not much here. Slight barley smell.

T: 1st sip was nasty. Metallic as hell. Almost a drain pour, but it got better. Very mild sweetness of malted barley. No hop bitterness/crispness usually associated with a pilsner.

M: Thin to medium body and highly carbonated. No bitter prick from the carbonation, though.

D: Very easy to session, not at all offensive. Nothing special either. Easy drinking...Easy forgettin'.

guinnessfan, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a tight white head that has good staying power and leaves ring lace. Golden body with loads of racing carbonation.

Pale malts and a little doughy in the background. There is a subtle but very nice hop profile that drys this up a bit and it finishes clean and refreshing. The more I have of this the more the hops kick in, they end up being a big factor as it warms just slightly. Grains are subdued and it doesn't have an adjunct feel to it at all. Pretty much what a Czech pils is shooting for.

Notes: I've had better in the style but this is at least in the same ballpark as some of the better ones I've had. I could session this with ease. Hits all the marks, Solid. This was part of a "beers around the world" pack I recieved from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised w/ this offering.

DogFood11, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light straw color leaning towards the golden side. Very refined with vast amounts of bubbles streaming to the top. Head is a full finger of light, snow white bubbles.

S: Malted barley, copper coins, yellow corn and a little bit of hop bite.

T: Lightly sweet like snow peas and creamed corn with a touch of lime. Mineral component gives it almost a sedimentary disposition. Finishes lightly malted with a subtle hop component.

M: Thin and a bit hard but actually has some viscosity to it.

D: Not a bad beer for what it is. It lacked a lot of features I find undesirable in other eastern European pilsners. I'd drink it again.

Westsidethreat, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 500ml brown bottle with a dull label (couldn't they at least use the famed checkered pattern, like on the flag and soccer shirts?) today at Sam's Blue Light in Durham.

Pours a nice golden color with reasonable head and tons of slow moving visible carbonation. Nose is adjuncts over malts; astringent and barely palatable.

Taste is fairly malt dominatted for a pilsner, but fairly inoffensive. Unfortunately, the texture is limp and lifeless, with little crispness or hop bite in the aftertaste. Far too watery to be satisfying, and too impotent to be refreshing. This beer is inconsistent and not really worth your time unless you just want to try a Croatian beer, like I did. One is enough.

daliandragon, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear to the point of shining this beer had scant bead but a lovely sudtained frothy white head.
Mostly malts in the smell but is moderated by some bittery hops.
This is reasonably sweet with a distinctive and pleasant lime taste to it.
It is overly oily in the mouth and when combined with the sweetness makes it not very nice in the mouth.
Not very exciting or engaging this is drinkable at best
Seeing as it has a substantial corn component it probably has more charcter than expected

jarmby1711, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
1.63/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Poured a little into a Karlovačko glass. Glass was small, only holds about 4 oz so poured the rest into a pint glass.

Clear golden, fluffy white head. Good retention, nice lacing.
That’s where the good ends.

Skunk pee in the grain bin aroma, with a flavor to match.
It’s no wonder the glass was so small, one can only take so much of this swill at once.

Padron4KM, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Bones54
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am Croatian and this beverage is drank more than water in my family. Trying to hide my biast, this is an average Pilsner at best. I believe it was recently purchased by a larger brewer (maybe Heiniken) and this is a good thing because this beer was easily spoiled in the past. The pasteurization must have improved because rarely is a spoiled one found now. The overall taste has a bit of bitter crispness to it, but generally bland. Overall this is a great lawnmower or summertime beer when your looking to throw some back and not worry about how many you drank

Bones54, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Cost Plus World Market's "Beers of the World" gift pack.

Pours a light yellow typical lager- white head vansihes quickly, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps up the beat.

Aroma of malt and wheat, slightly sweet, with lemon zest. A definite hop sharpness. Flavor follows through, but initial hop flavor is very difficult- harsh, sharp, bitter, bot good. Mellows as the taste buds are beaten into submission. But still, the hop aftertaste is just not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin, not rich. But with the flavor, I just could not finish this one.

Dukeofearl, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer. Pretty simple and straight forward. While it is certainly drinkable, it is also in my opinion somewhat forgetable. Nothing really stood out while drinking this beer. Certainly a bit better than the american alternatives, but still nothing to get excited about.

flexabull, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly nice looking clear yellowy pour with a 1 finger white head that doesn't last too long. Faint scent of honey in the nose. That honey scent is a much stronger honey flavor on the tongue. It might be a bit too sweet for some, but I liked it just fine. Not a huge mouthfeel though. Pretty darn drinkable if you like honey, which I do. This would be a great dessert after a lunch of fish and chips by the beach on a sunny day.

JayTheFinn, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.15oz. bottle. This pours a clear golden color. Mine had minimal head, even though there was moderate carbonation. The aroma is actually pretty decent. There is a bit of a pleasant malt sweetness to the beer. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It is a bit thin, with a mild malt flavor. It doesn’t taste light, however. Definitely lacking in the hops department. I suppose this would be good if I were in Croatia, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one here, except to add another country to the list.

Boto, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Best before on back 05 06.

Pours a nice, clear gold colour. White head is 1/8 inch and just sits level with the top of my mug. Head quickly reduces to a very thin ring around the edge. Head is completely gone after a couple sips.

Nose is sweet with touches of malt and corn. A faint grassiness is the background.

Taste is fairly mild at the start. Slightly sweet with a hint of malt then after the carbonation rush the hops kick in to a mild bitter skunk/grassy hops finish. Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty much a run of the mill pilsener. Not enough malt spine and the hops lacks some bite, both of which would make this better. All-in-all it's not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

Noxious26, May 18, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Karlovacko pours a light orange color with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Smells better than I expected, but much like a typical macro lager. Taste is malty, and also metallic. Not much to recommend it. You would be better off spending your money elsewhere.

Drew966, May 14, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out a golden, yellow color. Lots of bubbles and very little head. It smelled a bit like corn and a little like hops. The corn flavor came through while drinking it, but there was no real overpowering flavor. The mouthfeel was good. It was pretty light so I'd say it is very drinkable.

zeff80, May 11, 2006
Photo of clickpush
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour: 330ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Pours a pale orange, color of dark urine. White head hardly develops at all and leaves almost no trace of lacings.

Nose: Apple juice and white grapes. A little too sweet to seem inviting.

Mouth: It enters sweet and a bit chewy and follows with a bitter swallow. I like the high carbonation (do I see a trend here) but there's absolutely no depth to the flavor. The beer is completely gone from the mouth no more than 5 seconds after being swallowed - except for a nasty metallic aftertaste that doesn't seem like it should be coming from a bottle.

clickpush, May 03, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out the 11.15oz bottle a dark straw/light golden with a foamy white head.

Smell. light maltiness and sweet. little mild lemon candy fruitiness to it to as well.

Taste. dry maltiness, small cardboard taste to it. also has an off flavored sourness to it. not a good taste at all. aftertaste isnt good either, like finishing a cheap american macro lager.

Mouthfeel. decent carbonation. bad balance and just overall not that good of a mouthfeel.

Overall not one i like at all. wasnt even an average lager, muchless a pils. Pass this on up.

acrawf6, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured a copper, slightly golden amber hue, very odd for any pilsner I've ever had. Some sparse lacing for a pilsner. The first smell to the old nostrils was bananas then cloves. But the aroma eventually went to a tainted water malt with a hint of copper pipe. Flavor was like a weizen, not at all like a pilsner. Lots of cloves with some tropicla flavors that I couldn't describe. But the vacation in my mouth quickly went sour. Well, more like metallic just like the smell. This was just a hint of metal though, not overpowering.
But the metaalic did affect the mouthfeel of this brew. The carbonation was not up to par for my pilsners. Not as crisp or refreshing.

scruffwhor, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a smattering of lace. Grainy malt aroma with a bit of floral/spicy hops. Mild bitterness, balanced to the sweet side, with a hint of floral and citrus hops. Not much of a finish. Light bodied and dry. Thirst quenching and average.

DrJay, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ho hum euro lager from a part of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia. Pours pale straw with a short-lived white head. Little discernable aroma apart from some adjunct graininess and a faint floral note or two. Taste is not very pronounced. Not offensive just light and sweet. Little body and no finish to speak of. Might do well if served on a hot day as a quencher before you drink something nicer.

Citadel82, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your average european lager, bright yellow. Smell is alright, some hops, no skunk, which is a bonus. Taste is surprisingly good, clean and refreshing, Not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. This is well carbonated but overdone which makes the mouthfeel pretty unoffensive. This beer is a great Macro-Alternative and makes for a good BBQ beer for sure.

funkengruven, Feb 04, 2006
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.